Ancient Order of Hibernians, Thomas J. Cunningham Division

We are a Division of the Ancient Order of Hiberians in America, serving as a Catholic Irish Fraternal Organization for Loudoun County, Virginia

We are a Division of the Ancient Order of Hiberians in America, serving as a Catholic Irish Fraternal Organization for the Ashburn area of Loudoun County, VA. As such, we espouse the principles of Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity. Some of our events include an Annual Trip to Ireland Raffle, the proceeds of which support our charitable goals. We work with other community, fraternal, and religious organizations such as the Knights for Columbus to provide Sweats for Vets. You will see us marching in local Irish festivals and parades in Manassas, Alexandria, and Leesburg, VA. We also support Right To Life, Irish Catholic Causes, and local Irish immigration causes. We meet monthly at the Belmont Green Community Center, 43003 Chesterton St., Ashburn VA 20147. Our Division honors Col. Thomas J. Cunningham. In the words of one of our original members, the late Ned Woisard, “Thomas J. Cunningham, Jr. was a gentleman — and a gentle man. He was considerate, kind, outgoing, warm, friendly. He personified the Christian ideal — wherever he went, he sowed joy. He was a communicator! He was trained in communications; he practiced communications; toward the end, in a sense, he taught communications. Tom was born in Pittsburgh on September 19, 1918, found his way to the University of Indiana for his Bachelor’s Degree, then to American University for a Master’s Degree in Public Relations. He enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private in 1941 and, 26 years later, retired as a colonel. While in the Army, he was a communicator. In Vietnam, he was Chief of Communications for General Westmoreland, was responsible for Radio Saigon and was a major factor in introducing military and civilian television into the Republic of Vietnam. Tom was editor of ARMOR MAGAZINE and European editor of STARS AND STRIPES, the two largest circulation publications in the Armed Services. Among other awards, he received THE LEGION OF MERIT and the BRONZE STAR. Later as a civilian, Tom directed communications and magazine programs for five national organizations, including the National Defense Transportation Association, and the Retired Officers Association. Toward the end of his life, he was a Communications and Marketing Consultant to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association and the American Society of Naval Engineers. Tom was a communicator to the end. Looking at the more personal side, Tom was Vice President of the Col. Fitzgerald Division, the largest AOH Division in Virginia, and a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. He was also a daily communicant, an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, and an altar server (when needed). He was a true Christian, always a source of joy to those around him, always a calming influence in times of stress, always willing to pitch in and help — or take the lead if necessary. He was a most convivial spirit, good company, a friend to all. Tom was an outstanding communicator and, most of all, he communicated love! Thomas J. Cunningham entered eternal life on June 26, 1995. One of his four daughters, Barbara Lynn, predeceased him in 1953 and his wife, Marcella, died in 1997. His surviving daughters are Connie Venberg of Paradise Valley, Arizona; Sally Dina of Brentwood, Tennessee; Kathryn Starr, of Roswell, Georgia. One of his three brothers, Martin, of Annandale, Virginia, is a member of the Cardinal Cushing Division of the AOH. This description may make Tom appear to be a saint and it would not surprise me a bit if he were standing in the presence of the Lord right now! But let’s play it safe! Please keep Tom in your prayers – and also the Col. Thomas J. Cunningham, Jr. Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians!”

Mission: Promote Friendship, Unity, and Christian Charity through various fraternal, social, and charitable events in the Ashburn area of Loudoun County, VA

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Happy Mother’s Day

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"Be one of the small number who find the way to life, and enter by the narrow gate into Heaven. Take care not to follow the majority and the common herd, so many of whom are lost. Do not be deceived; there are only two roads: one that leads to life and is narrow; the other that leads to death and is wide. There is no middle way."
— St. Louis de Montfort

This Day in Irish History

This day 1005 years ago – 23 April 1014 – the Battle of Clontarf took place.

Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, was confronted by overseas forces summoned by Máel Mórda, King of Leinster, and Sitric Silkenbeard, King of Dublin.

Though his side was victorious, Boru was killed.

(image source: Wikipedia)

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"The Cross had asked the questions; the Resurrection had answered them...The Cross had asked: "Why does God permit evil and sin to nail Justice to a tree?" The Resurrection answered: "That sin, having done its worst, might exhaust itself and this be overcome by Love that is stronger than either sin or death."--Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

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The Lord has Risen!

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🔥ST JOAN of ARC'S last words before being burned at the stake for her Faith remind me of this picture of the CROSS at Notre Dame in a very prophetic way:

"Hold the Cross high so that I may see it through the flames"

St Joan of Arc, please pray for us!

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To solve the Brexit crisis, time to put special status for Northern Ireland back on the table Brexit is indeed a stranded whale, beached on the shores of Northern Ireland, and the tide is rapidly going out.

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While at times resembling a Monty Python sketch, Brexit not only poses problems for Ireland, but the U.S. as well.

Irish Jesuit priest hero who influenced Mother Teresa and St. Josemaria Escriva

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Margaret Corbin became the first woman to receive a U.S. military pension. for her actions at the Battle of Fort Washington

In celebration of Irish American Heritage Month, please like and share with your family and friends.

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Perspective | Brexiteers ignored Ireland. Ireland may have the last laugh. "Leave" voters don't care about the tenuous peace process, but the E.U. does.

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The courage and dedication of Irish Americans in America's Civil War began to undermine the bigotry and prejudices against the Irish and Catholics. Fr. Peter Whelan, an immigrant from County Wexford, ministered to POWs on both sides of the conflict. Known as "the Angel of Andersonville", one Union POW later wrote " Of all the ministers in Georgia accessible to Andersonville, only one could hear this sentence, ‘I was sick and in prison and you visited me,’ and that one is a Catholic.”

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ABC should apologize for St Patrick’s Day “drinking and public urination” comment The whole cringe-worthy defaming performance was reminiscent of the detestable ethnic humor that was once the stock and trade of the 19th-century stage.

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Little remembered by history, without even a headstone to mark his grave for 61 years, Irish immigrant John Phillip Holland is recognized as the "Father of the Modern Submarine". The AOH is proud to have played a part in ensuring that this great Irish American inventor was not forgotten

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Everyday we wake up and the Lord hands us a powerful sword and shield to help us with today's battles some days it is pure victory and defeat of the enemy, other days it is victory by not being defeated ourselves. There is a very important catch though to this sword and shield, it's power only works against the day.

You start trying to fight tomorrow's battles, next week's, or even next year's with the gear of today...You will be defeated. For these weapons are only meant for today.

Don't think of tomorrow's battles, the Lord has a sword and shield to give you tomorrow for that. Just focus on today's, what He has given you for today is more then capable.

Are you interested in more information on the Hibernians? Learn more about the largest Irish Catholic fraternal Order in the World.

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In the 21st Century, we should be engaging in debating on the issues, not attacking candidate on their heritage, Irish or otherwise. The meme released by the GOP twitter feed yesterday is nothing more than the high-tech version of a Thomas Nast cartoon. A full apology to the Irish American Community is warranted.

Sensus Fidelium

St. Patrick Pray for us. ☘️

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"The Lord is greater than all: I have said enough." -St. Patrick

Happy feast day of Saint Patrick!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

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And this year the Navy honored another Irish American Hero in naming its latest Destroyer the USS Patrick Gallagher in reminiscence to a young Immigrant from Mayo who made the ultimate sacrifice for his adopted home in Viet Nam

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A petition has been started by Mary Larkin of Philadelphia regarding the onerous and offensive comments made by Philadelphia Magazine, please see link below.

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Go beyond the cheap stereotypes and tacky merchandise and take the opportunity to learn the true story of the man we celebrate this St. Patrick's. Please like and share with your family an friends. #EmbraceYourHeritageAOH

This Day in Irish History

This day 173 years ago – 13 March 1846 – up to 447 tenants were evicted in the village of Ballinlass, Co. Galway.

The Times of London condemned the incident, saying it showed “the sublime indifference to social considerations of which no one but an Irish landowner is capable.”

(image source: Galway Advertiser)

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Marine Sergeant Major Daniel Daly is one of only two marines to receive the Medal of Honor twice for separate acts of heroism in two different conflicts and was nominated for a third. In celebration of Irish American Heritage Month, please like and share this incredible story of bravery and fidelity to duty with your family and friends.

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At the dawn of the 20th Century, a generation of Irish giants took to the Olympic fields. The "Irish Whales" helped establish the fledgling modern Olympic games and won glory for their adopted country.

Please join us in celebrating Irish American Heritage Month reading, liking, and sharing.
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New post (Hibernians Condemn NI Secretary Karen Bradley’s “acting under orders” defense of Security Force Murders in Northern Ireland) has been published on The Ancient Order of Hibernians

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The statement by Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley that British Security Force members should be immune from prosecution as they were “following Orders” echoes one of the blackest periods of human history

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Irish immigrant Mary Harris Jones overcame heartbreaking personal tragedies to become an outspoken defender of the underdog and earn the title of "The Most Dangerous Woman in America". Please join us in celebrating Irish American Heritage Month reading, liking, and sharing.

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One of the major purposes of our organization:

“To aid and advance by all legitimate means the aspirations and endeavors of the Irish people for complete and absolute independence, promoting peace and unity for all Ireland;”
#AOH #AncientOrderofHibernians #Irish #Catholic #American

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In honor of March being proclaimed Irish American Heritage Month, please join the Ancient Order of Hibernians in remembering the contributions of the Irish to America by watching the following video. We encourage you to like and share it with your family and friends as a reminder of why we should be proud of our great heritage. The Hibernians shall also be featuring profiles of the contributions of Irish American Men and Women throughout the month of March.

We encourage you to embrace your Irish Heritage and learn more about the Ancient Order of Hibernians at

#EmbraceYourIrishHeritageAOH #IrishAmericanHeritageMonth

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Happy 2019 Irish American Heritage Month! Celebrate your Heritage in style with official gear from the AOH. Go to to Purchase Today!

Keltex is an official Partner of the AOH. When making your purchase, Keltex will share a portion of the sale back to the AOH. Thank you for your support!

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Well done to Brother Jack O’Brien and Keith Carney

Spectacular Whiskey Dinner! – Colonel Thomas J. Cunningham Jr. Division

Spectacular Whiskey Dinner!

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“No matter how sinful one may have been, if he has devotion to Mary, it is impossible that he be lost."--St. Hilary of Poitiers, Doctor of the Church~

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Congressman Brendan Boyle has introduced a resolution, H.Res.88, expressing the opposition of the House of Representatives to the impositions of a hard border in Ireland. We ask you to reach out to your local Congressional Representative and ask them to co-sponsor and support this resolution. Broad, bi-partisan support for Congressman Boyle’s resolution will send a clear message that the US is watching developments in Ireland and will not tolerate the interests of the Irish people being sacrificed for Brexit.

Fabulous Whiskey Dinner in support of the Archdiocese for the Military Services!!

I'd say the whiskey dinner was a success! Had a lot of fun with this one! Definitely couldn't have done it without the amazing work from my fellow managers and the kitchen crew. All of us worked together and killed it! Cheers to the night! 💕🍽🍻🏆


🇮🇪 Saint Brigid of Kildare or Brigid of Ireland is one of Ireland's patron saints, along with Patrick and Columba. Irish hagiography makes her an early Irish Christian nun, abbess, and foundress of several monasteries of nuns, including that of Kildare in Ireland, which was famous and was revered.

☘ Here’s 31 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About St. Brigid of Ireland.

☘ Saint Brigid of Ireland, whose feast day is February 1st, led a fascinating life. Here’s several facts we bet you didn’t realize yet:

1. Brigid was born in Ireland in 450 AD.

2. She was a disciple of St. Patrick, who baptized her parents, then her.

3. Brigid’s father was a pagan and married Brigid’s mother, a slave.

4. As a young child Brigid had compassion for the poor, giving away food and clothing and even her father’s possessions to the poor.

5. There are many miracles attributed to St. Brigid (I’ve read up to 46!) that happened while she was living.

6. Brigid was a beautiful girl and her father wanted her to marry King of Ulster.

7. At age 16, St. Brigid wanted Jesus Christ to be her spouse and she prayed that He would make her unattractive so no one would want to marry her.

8. Her prayer was answered when St. Brigid lost an eye and then was allowed to enter a monastery.

9. Miraculously, when St. Brigid took the veil she was healed.

10. She is known as St. Brigid of Kildare.

11. Outside of Dublin she received possession of a plain called Curragh.

12. There she built herself a cell under a large oak tree, called Kill-dara, or Cell of the oak.

13. A few more girls joined under St. Brigid’s direction establishing the monastery of Kildare.

14. Today’s cathedral city of Kildare is named from this monastery.

15. St. Brigid drove out demons by simply gesturing the sign of the cross.

16. There is a well-known miracle story about St. Birgid and her cloak.

17. She was looking for land for her community and King Leinster refused her request.

18. St. Brigid persevered so she then asked for as much land as her cloak would cover.

19. The King thought surely she was playing a joke since her cloak was so small.

20. So the King didn’t hesitate to agree to her unconventional request.

21. Miraculously, when she laid down her cloak it covered acres of land.

22. A popular way to celebrate St. Brigid’s feast day is by making a St. Brigid cross.

23. The story of her cross originated when St. Brigid was teaching a dying pagan chieftain about Christianity.

24. While her head was bowed she picked up the rushes off the ground and began braiding them into a cross.

25. Rushes were a common floor material in Irish homes.

26. The chieftain asked Brigid about the cross and its meaning.

27. He (the chieftain) converted to Christianity and was baptized before his death.

Brid agus Muire dhuit,” (Brigid and Mary be with you) is a common Irish greeting.

28. Brigid once fell asleep during St. Patrick’s sermon. He found it humorous and forgave her with a smile.

29. Brigid was buried in Kildare Cathedral and an expensive tomb was placed over her30. About the year 878, because of the Scandinavian raids, the relics of St. Brigid were taken to Downpatrick, where they were interred in the tomb of St. Patrick and St. Columba.

31. Brigid is the patron saint of Ireland, poets, dairymaids, blacksmiths, healers, cattle, fugitives, Irish nuns, midwives, and new-born babies.

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